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Monday, July 1, 2013

Moving Beyond the Page Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2013 #hsreviews #homeschoolhandson

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   Every once in a while I am offered the opportunity to review a product or company I have never heard of, when it comes to homeschool curriculum those opportunities are becoming less and less because I have traveled to a large homeschool convention where it is just vendor after vendor. So I thought I had heard of almost everything until I heard about Moving Beyond the Page. I was intrigued to say the least... We like moving beyond the page in our homeschool and I wonder if this means what I think it means?? So I was elated when we were chosen for this review!

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            We were given the choice of 2 units, out of several categories, for instance there was Science, Social Studies, or Language Arts. We chose one Language Arts and one Science, it was easy to find one to fit my kids when making the choice as they are grouped by ages and differentiated by book colors, you can see below that 11-13 yr olds are blue book covers.

   For Science I let Taylor pick, and he chose Technological Design, he loves Science and 3D art and Alyx loves building and working with his hands so I thought this was a great choice.
For our other option I wanted a choice from the Language Arts category so I let Alyx pick our choice, he went with Greek Myths, we are just starting to get into Greek Myths and Legends so I thought this was a fantastic option. 

Greek Myths
Now that the boys are getting older I am letting them steer our learning more and more, so when I am given opportunities to make a choice of a curriculum to review I always give them the choice, within reason, we do have a course of some sorts to follow, but that is one of the joys I find in homeschooling is letting the boys have the opportunity to guide their learning and to dive into topics that excite them the most. I loved Greek Myths and Legends in High School so I was elated to see Alyx choose this one for us. 

Now the unique thing about Moving Beyond the Page is you do not just get a workbook you get everything you need in a grouping to complete the study, one of their units is expected to be completed in 19 days... When our box came let me tell you, I was like a kid on Christmas, it was heavy and packed full of exciting books and objects, everything we needed to get started right away. We worked on the Science one 5 days a week, the weeks we were not at camp and doubled up on some days to get it completed in time, this was not hard. The Language Arts one we did 3-4 days a week and took it on the go with our iPad. The boys were overwhelmed with excitement and intrigue when I shared the box with them. This is not your ordinary curriculum, it is not read a book and answer the questions.

Our Language Arts choice Greek Myths,selling for $68.78(printed version for $72.84) was an online version of the book, but in the mail came most of the supporting materials, there was the online version of Greek Myths of course, D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire, Icarus At the Edge of Time
by Brian Greene and finally More Roots a fun card game to help the children learn Greek and Latin word roots, see where the moving beyond the page is coming from? The online version of our book had fantastic benefits as you can access it from your iPad or iPhone or any other mobile device for that fact, this makes it easy to read material on the go, or pull up supply lists at the store. If you know anything about our family we are a Techy family, so this is a huge plus for us. Especially on the go in the Summer months with camping.
   
Some additional added benefits of the online version are no shipping charges and less expensive as the company is not printing and shipping it to you, also for us it was nice as the reading and questions section can be typed in, instead of written which makes my boys much more eager to complete their work and it is easier for me to read their answers. They have limited fine motor skills and their writing is atrocious. SO this was a plus for all of us. Family friendly copyright allows for your children to all share the curriculum without the need to purchase additional books. You get access to the curriculum online for 3 months, with the units only taking roughly 3 weeks this allows you ample time to take breaks when life gets in the way.Your access does not start counting down until you activate it, so say you bought it now in the Summer but did not want to start it until your Fall or Winter Semester you could easily do this. You also gain access to IdeaShare their online parent/teacher share forum, now you get access to this even if you buy the print version but with the online version it is much easier to access because you have instant access when you are logged into your account. IdeaShare is a handy place where you can share ideas or get ideas to help you implement the curriculum with your kids. This is such a handy resource it just gives kudos to Moving Beyond the Page again and again for helping take the focus off the books.  Here is what is covered in Greek Myths. 
  • Lesson 1: Ancient Greece
  • Lesson 2: The Gods and Goddesses (3 Days)
  • Lesson 3: The Stories
  • Lesson 4: Minor Gods, Nymphs, Satyrs, and Centuars (2 Days)
  • Lesson 5: Mortal Descendants of Zeus
  • Lesson 6: Vainglorious Kings (3 Days)
  • Lesson 7: The Trojan War
  • Final Project: A New Twist on an Ancient Myth (3 Days) 
  For our Science unit remember Taylor chose Technological Design, selling for $31.94, this was an exciting unit and really held the boys attention captive and left them begging for more! This makes me excited as I love to see my kids enjoy learning new things and I get a kick out of learning right along with them.
 This unit came with many tidbits to help take our learning beyond the page.
   We received this book as a hard copy unit, so there was no online type in but that is ok it was still fun, as I stated before you still get access to the IdeaShare for parents so it is not lacking there.      
We also received the book Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself
by Maxine Anderson. This is what is covered in this book...
  
  • Lesson 1: What Is Technology?
  • Lesson 2: Technological Innovator (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: Meaningful Technological Designs
  • Lesson 4: Necessity vs. Luxury
  • Lesson 5: Necessity Is the Mother of Invention
  • Lesson 6: Da Vinci's Inventions (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Contemporary Design Approaches (2 Days)
  • Lesson 8: Engineering (2 Days)
  • Lesson 9: Modeling an Idea (2 Days)
  • Final Project: Final Exam and Model Bridge (2 Days) 
  The lessons are easy to follow and are not dull and repetitive, each day there are different daily tasks, ranging from question and answers to internet research to creative activities that are off the page. Like drawing and testing inventions like da Vinci's Parachute and building a model bridge. My boys are head over heals in love with Moving Beyond the Page and are begging for more. I am researching to find what will go best with some of the topics we have already chosen for the new school year. I cannot say enough about Moving Beyond the Page and their units, they have units for ages 4-13 at the moment, both of our units came from the 11-13 age range, we are all excited to hear that there is a new age category coming soon for 12-14 yr olds, We are anxious to see what topics will be available. They also offer full year curriculum covering, Math, Language Arts, Social Studies and Science. 

  Just a small note that this is a secular curriculum, so you will not find any Bible verses or Biblical slant of teachings, but this is the only negative I found and if you are not dead set on using all Christian curriculum then this is not a breaking point. I know it is not one for us, I found no objectionable content, or anything to be alarmed about from a Christian viewpoint.

  Be sure to head over to Moving Beyond the Page and order yours today, and also be sure to click the banner below and read all of the crew reviews as there is a wide range of reviews available for this company.

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